A man from Southport has just finished a gruelling trek across Peru, in order to raise money for multiple sclerosis. Rick Halsall, 51, had already completed charity walks across the Sahara Desert and the Great Wall of China before agreeing to this latest challenge with other fundraisers, according to the Southport Visitor. Mr Halsall walked 60km a day for five days, from Cuzco to Machu Picchu, and in the process raised a total of £14,000 for multiple sclerosis research. His generosity was inspired by the experiences of his wife, Carol, who has been living with the condition for some years. He told the publication: "The treks were mind-blowing, once in a lifetime experiences. "They made me appreciate what we take for granted. The group atmosphere really helped – we began as strangers but left as friends." The Multiple Sclerosis Society recently called on the government to protect public scientific research funding, as the work done is too important to be restricted.
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